(VitalNews.org) – As the impeachment inquiry into President Biden begins to pick up pace, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has spoken to Newsmax about the complex questions it raises. Alan Dershowitz, who is an expert on constitutional law within the United States, expressed his view that there is no definite answer as to whether or not a President can be impeached for crimes committed prior to his Presidency. He explained that the American constitution does not specify an answer to this question, and that arguments could be made in both for and against impeachment on the basis of pre-Presidential criminal activity.
After an ongoing Republican investigation into President Biden and his family’s activities, House Speaker McCarthy instructed three committees to open an impeachment inquiry with the aim of procuring bank records and other information pertaining to President Biden and his son Hunter. The allegations made against President Biden and his family center around accusations of corruption and illegitimate business dealings from when Joe Biden acted as Vice-President for Barack Obama between 2009 and 2017.
In an August memorandum, the House Oversight Committee suggested that the Bidens and their business associates had been in receipt of over $20 million of payments from overseas sources across a variety of countries, including China and Russia. The committee’s Republican chairman, James Comer, accused Hunter Biden of taking payments from foreign oligarchs in order to have access to his Vice-President father. The White House has denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
In his interview with Newsmax, Professor Dershowitz expressed his frustration that discussions of impeachments and accusations of criminal wrongdoing made against both Joe Biden and Donald Trump will take the focus away from matters such as foreign policy or the economy in the upcoming Presidential elections. He added that a full and transparent investigation would be needed to satisfy American voters, who he believes would be frustrated at the prospect of being drip-fed small amounts of information.
The first impeachment inquiry hearing will be held on September 28, although the committee plans to subpoena the President and his son Hunter for their bank records prior to that date.
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